Okay, we know you’re the queen of multitasking, but skipping out on a good night’s sleep isn’t the answer to finding more time during the day. After all, they don’t call it “beauty sleep” for nothing. While you’re snoozing, your body is busy burning the midnight oil repairing cells and controlling your body’s use of energy – essentially, making sure you wake up refreshed and ready to face another day.
When you deprive yourself of the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep a night, it messes with your body’s ability to work well and, over time, could do more harm to your physical health and mental wellbeing than you know.
The power of a good night’s sleep is undeniable, which is exactly why you should do your part to ensure that you get one every night (and some Sunday mornings too). Of course, we know some things are easier said than done—like turning your brain off at the end of a long day. That’s where we come in. Don’t let your body suffer through another sleepless night. Check out our list of 10 wellness products you can use to drift off to sleep – and get a handle on your sleeping beauty routine tonight.
1. Sleep Mask
If total darkness is a must-have for a good night’s sleep, then invest in a quality sleep mask to help shut out even the slightest glimmer of light. Masks made from matte poly satin are great for staying soft and cool on your face as you drift off to dreamland. Plus, anything satin just feels luxurious, practically guaranteeing sweet dreams waiting for you on the other side of slumber.
2. Lavender Spray
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a magic potion to help you drift off to sleep every night? Well, some think that already exists. Try spritzing a little lavender spray on your pillow and around your room before you climb into bed. The calming scent has been known to alleviate mild insomnia and anxious thoughts, and it is said to help relieve stress.
3. Supportive Pillow
If you’re waking up with a stiff neck in the morning or the middle of the night, then you could need a new pillow. As nice as it is to have a comfy place to lay your head, the whole point of a pillow is to offer your head and neck a combo of comfort and support. If fluffing your pillow doesn’t seem to help and it won’t bounce back after you fold it in half, then it’s probably time to replace it.
4. Soothing Bath Bombs
Reward yourself after a long day with a relaxing bath before bed. Light some candles, play some music and just be okay with soaking your stress away. Toss in a soothing aromatherapy bath bomb for that extra “spa” treatment.
5. Calming Face Mask
While we’re on the subject of spa treatments, a little at home facial is a great way to de-stress before bed when you need to unwind. Don’t worry! It’s not as hard as it sounds. Take your time washing your face with your favorite cleanser and then apply a soothing hydrogel face mask that works to rejuvenate your skin while also reducing stress, thanks to some infused scented oils. Just try being stressed-out after that luxury treatment!
6. Essential Oils
If you’re a believer of aromatherapy, then you’ll love essential oils. Available through private sales and in stores and online, you can find an essential oil for almost any ailment-including difficulty sleeping. Lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood have been known to aid against sleepless nights. But, remember, a little dab on your wrists or temples will do ya. As always, we suggest referring to manufacturer suggestions before applying directly to the skin.
7. Cotton Linens
Let’s face it. Some people just run hot. Then cold. Then hot again. If you’re having a hard time staying comfortable at night, try switching up your linens to a higher thread count, quality cotton sheet. Cotton breathes better than other fabrics, keeping you cooler on hot nights and it is generally kinder on sensitive skin than a polyester or microfiber sheet.
8. Silk Pillowcases
If you’re the tossing and turning type, your hair could be paying the price. Cut down on the early morning frizz and switch to silk pillowcases. Not only will they feel soft and cool on your cheek when you lay your pretty head down on them, but they’ll significantly cut down on split ends.
9. Chamomile Tea
It may sound cliché, but sometimes all you need to soothe your woes is a nice, hot cup of tea. Chamomile is a gentle herb that has a calming effect, and it is even known for contributing to relaxing muscles and aiding digestion. Enjoy a cup of chamomile tea before bed while reading a good book or listening to soft music – just make sure the tea is caffeine-free. Trust us. We’ve been there.
10. A Weighted Blanket
If you seem to wake up the moment your head hits the pillow, then your body may need a clue that it’s time to settle down and chill out. A weighted blanket could do just that. It uses Deep Touch Pressure to send a message to your nervous system that it’s time to relax-kind of like getting a massage. Can’t beat that, right?
Try One or Try Them All
Don’t waste another sleepless night stressing over how to break the cycle. Try one of these beauty sleep essentials to get the rest you need to be your best self every day.
About The Author:
Simone Scanga is the manager of the Red Dress Boutique editorial team. She oversees all of the content and marketing initiatives for the company. When she’s not working or writing, you can find her researching the latest fashion trends, hanging out with friends, or at her local yoga studio.